LIT246 : Working Class Culture After 1930

Convenor(s): Professor Sue Owen


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

Does the working class still exist, and if so, how should we define it? How has the cultural representation of the working class changed during the twentieth century? What differences are there between writing about the working class from outside and working class self representation? What is the relationship of "great" writers such as Tony Harrison (shortlisted for Poet Laureate) to their class of origin? Can working class writing be "literary" or become part of the literary canon and yet remain working class? How has working class writing disrupted or transformed traditional notions of genre? What changes have there been in working-class culture, from the 1930s to the '50s / 60s, and through the 1984/5 miners' strike and into the '00s? How and how well has the working class been represented on T.V. and in film? What is the relationship between class and gender? This course will consider questions such as these, drawing upon a range of genres, including novels, essays, poetry and film.


Two contact hours per week.
There will be a weekly seminar of one hour plus a large group of one hour. There may be an afternoon film-screening. As well as discussing analysing “texts”, students will be encouraged to contribute their own and their families' experiences.


Assessment will be by two essays of 2,000. Students also have the option of doing a 4,000 word essay instead of the two essays on a topic agreed with the tutor. Deadlines will be issued at the start of the semester.

Contact Details

Professor Sue Owen, +44 (0)114-222-8469

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:25 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK